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Master The Changeup Pitch

Posted by InsideBaseball.com on 4/18/14 11:41 AM

The changeup is a unique pitch because it is an off-speed pitch, meaning it is thrown at a slower speed than the fastball. The goal of the changeup is to trick the batter into thinking they are getting a fastball and then actually throwing them a changeup. Ideally, the pitcher is so skilled that their arm looks the same as a fastball as they begin the pitch, but then at the release they throw a changeup.

The pitch is slowed by because the ball is held deeper in the palm and there is less contact with the fingertips and less torque on the ball. This is a great way to trick a batter into thinking there is a fastball coming, but the changeup will hopefully trick the batter into swinging early and missing the ball. If a pitcher throws a fastball at 95 miles per hour, their changeup may clock in at 85 miles per hour.

There are two different basic changeup pitches, the three finger changeup and the circle changeup. 


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Topics: Pitching, Baseball Fundamentals

Do You Know These Facts About Softball?

Posted by InsideBaseball.com on 4/16/14 11:30 AM

There are two main myths about softball. The first myth is that softball is a girl’s sport. The second myth is that softball and baseball are somehow magically interchangeable and are basically the same game, the ball just looks “weird” in softball. 

Softball is not a girls’ sport, it was invented by some jaunty Harvard and Yale chaps in 1887 who were listening to a Harvard vs. Yale football game! As they listened to the game, their own spirited sportiness took hold, a ball was a wadded up boxing glove strangled in it’s laces, and the bat was a broom handle, and the whole thing happened indoors. From these humble beginnings (and 19 new rules culled from baseball) was invented “indoor baseball.” Just two years later, Chicago teams started playing “indoor baseball” on outdoor fields.


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Topics: Baseball Fundamentals

The Basics of Pitching A Fastball

Posted by InsideBaseball.com on 4/11/14 12:00 PM

For pitchers, learning the basics is critical. The foundation is what you build all additional skills on top of. Pitchers are an essential position in the game, and they often feel a lot of pressure because there’s so much focus on their every move. For someone who wants to begin pitching, the first step is to practice getting the ball over the plate using basic mechanics. But, once a pitcher has had practice and can throw a traditional pitch, it is possible to try other styles of pitching that can challenge the batter even more and hopefully lead to more strikeouts!


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Topics: Baseball Fundamentals

Fundamental Baseball Stats That Everyone Should Know

Posted by InsideBaseball.com on 4/9/14 12:00 PM

There are some fans who talk about baseball statistics and their eyes glaze over, they get a dreamy look in their eyes and start chattering like some kind of interplanetary space wizard blabbing incomprehensible numbers. We already know that baseball is magical for many reasons, but this “math”thing can really get in the way of the fun. And yet it’s the elusive thing that is very powerful and special for many hard core baseball fans. For some of us, it’s never been a big draw. WHY do people CARE?!?


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Topics: Baseball Fundamentals

How to Choose the Right Little League and Get Your Kids Involved

Posted by InsideBaseball.com on 3/26/14 8:19 PM

There are many things to consider when choosing a little league team for your kids. Below is an outline of aspects that will help you to enjoy little league and stay involved. 

Location 

One of the first things to consider for your own benefit is the location of the games and practices. Practices may be held twice a week in addition to games, so it is important that the location is convenient for you. You’ll be taking your child (and possibly other children) on a regular basis.

A baseball field that is near to home or your child’s school will be your best bet. Often, there are a few little league teams within a few miles of one another, so looking outwards from your location should help you find the most convenient team location-wise.


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Topics: Youth Baseball, Parenting

Top 10 Coaches in Major League Baseball History

Posted by InsideBaseball.com on 3/25/14 7:56 PM

Having a great coach is a really important aspect of a winning team.  The coach is the leader of the team and has the vision to support the team.  The coach is the person who offers both discipline and expectations to the team, and keeps the players motivated to work harder and smarter.  A great coach can inspire a player to reach greater levels of success than they had ever dreamed.  Good coaches demand respect from their players, and act with firmness but also with optimism. 

In the major leagues, baseball coaches are often called managers.  They are able to lead teams of grown men through successes and losses, and their ultimate goal is to produce a winning team with prized and skilled players.  Some of the best coaches in baseball have never won a World Series, or even had a winning team.  There are many reasons why a coach is considered successful, and this does not rest solely on their wins. 

In our humble opinion, here are the top ten best coaches in the baseball history:


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Topics: Baseball History

Are You Doing These 3 Things to Avoid Injury?

Posted by InsideBaseball.com on 3/22/14 12:30 PM

When playing sports, it is important to always be aware of what is going on around you so that you can avoid injury. Injuries can often happen by accident when you are not paying attention or are not focused. But injuries can also happen just based on back luck and timing. These injuries are hard to avoid, but still it is important to try to stay as safe as possible at all times when playing baseball. This article will provide some basic tips for preventing injuries. 


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Topics: Baseball Fundamentals

Reading the Signs - Communication Between the Catcher and Pitcher

Posted by InsideBaseball.com on 3/21/14 12:30 PM

As if we needed another reason for why baseball is cool, this article will share another: The confidential catcher-pitcher relationship that is crucial to any baseball team’s success. Every catcher and pitcher uses a series of hand signals and gestures to communicate. The catcher sends signals to the pitcher, generally a sign consisting of a combination of four fingers flashed with the throwing hand. The pitcher may then give a sign (for instance, a nod) and fire off the pitch, or give an indication that they want a different pitch. The catcher also signs the direction for the pitch’s location. 

Baseball’s method of using coded sign language comes from civil war days, when officers seeking to conceal their battle plans would use signs to communicate to other officers and soldiers. A system known as “wig-wag”using both torches and flags was used by Confederate soldiers who wanted to tip each other off about the movement of Union infantry. Not much longer after that, cadets at West Point would use winks and other gestures to inform each other about upcoming bunk inspections. 


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Topics: Baseball Fundamentals

Batting 101

Posted by InsideBaseball.com on 3/19/14 12:30 PM

Batting, or hitting, is one of the most important parts of the game of baseball, as this is
the way teams score runs. Many people are really excited when it is their turn to bat, because it’s their chance to be a hero and hit a home run! But, batting can also be nervewracking and challenging for some people. Luckily, even if you are not a great batter when you begin playing baseball, there is always room for improvement. Batting practice will help you to learn how to keep your eye on the ball and when to swing. A good, strong swing is also important because if you connect you will be able to hit the ball further.

Let’s go over some batting and swing basics and mechanics… 


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Topics: Baseball Fundamentals

The Greatest Baseball Films

Posted by InsideBaseball.com on 3/18/14 12:00 PM

There are movies about football, basketball, boxing and golf. And then, my friend, there are movies about the sublime and glorious game we know as baseball. If you want to say you know something about baseball history, you need to know something about the greatest movie about baseball too! 

Do you like your baseball movies funny and full of farce, or do you like them full of grit and tough love, or do you like your baseball movies to reduce you to a sentimental crying bag of slop? We have it all! 
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

Long, tall, unforgettable Gary Cooper plays New York Yankee Lou Gehrig, the “Iron Horse”famous for playing 2,130 consecutive games before leaving the lineup because of symptoms from what would become known as ALS, or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”


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Topics: Just some fun stuff, Baseball History

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